Human Rights 

Racism and discrimination against children rife in countries worldwide: UNICEF

The report looks at the impact of discrimination on children and shows the extent to which racism and discrimination affect their education, health, access to a registered birth, and to a fair and equal justice system. It highlights widespread disparities among minority and ethnic groups. A lifetime of pain “Systemic racism and discrimination put children at risk of deprivation and… Read More
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Iran: Thousands held for peacefully protesting must be released

OHCHR Spokesperson Jeremy Laurence, briefed reporters in Geneva, reporting that on 8 November, Iran’s prosecutor had said more than 1,000 indictments had been issued to protesters in Tehran province alone, with hundreds of others outside the capital. Immediate release “We urge the authorities to immediately release all those detained in connection to peaceful protests, and to drop the charges against… Read More
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Iran: Stop sentencing peaceful protesters to death, UN experts urge

“We urge Iranian authorities to stop using the death penalty as a tool to squash protests and reiterate our call to immediately release all protesters who have been arbitrarily deprived of their liberty for the sole reason of exercising their legitimate rights to freedom of opinion and expression, association and peaceful assembly and for their actions to promote and protect human rights… Read More
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UN Human Rights Council inquiry hears testimonies on Shireen Abu Akleh killing 

The session – mandated by the Human Rights Council – forms part of the Commission’s ongoing investigative work.  First-hand accounts  Its objective was twofold, explained Commissioner Chris Sidoti: First, to understand the designation of seven Palestinian non-Government organizations, human rights organizations, as unlawful organisations and six of them as terrorist organisations.  Recording first-hand information on the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh formed the second… Read More
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Liberia: Put people before profit, experts on human rights and business urge

“The present climate of irresponsible business practices provides profit for companies but does little for people”, members of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights said in a statement marking the conclusion of their first visit to the country.  “A sustainable and stable peace calls for accountability, transparency, equality, social cohesion, the rule of law, and respect of… Read More
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Rights expert urges Saudi authorities to allow family to access jailed activist

Ms. Lawlor has issued a statement expressing her increasing concern for the health and life of Mohammad Al-Qahtani, a founding member of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association, which was dissolved in 2013.   He was sentenced to a decade in prison that same year for allegedly providing false information to outside sources, including UN human rights mechanisms.  Appeal… Read More
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Children of African descent ‘not considered children at all’, rights experts charge

They said unresolved legacies of trade and trafficking in enslaved Africans, as well as colonialism, post-colonial apartheid and segregation, continue to harm these children today.  Discrimination, stereotypes and xenophobia  The report by the Working Group on people of African descent highlights discrimination in areas that include the administration of justice, law enforcement, education, and health.   It has been presented… Read More
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Like racism and sexism, ‘povertyism’ should be illegal, UN rights expert says

He believes the world also can move forward in stamping out negative attitudes towards the millions of people worldwide who are struggling just to get by. “People are stereotyped and discriminated against purely because they are poor. This is frankly sickening and a stain on our society,” he told the General Assembly recently. Humiliation and stigmatization The Special Rapporteur on… Read More
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COP27: $3.1 billion plan to achieve early warning systems for all by 2027

The Executive Action Plan for the Early Warnings for All initiative, calls for initial new targeted investments of $ 3.1 billion between 2023 and 2027, equivalent to a cost of just 50 cents per person per year.  Mr. Guterres announced the plan at the COP27 climate change conference, underway in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, during a meeting of government and UN… Read More
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UN refugee chief urges stronger action to end ‘legal limbo’ of statelessness

Statelessness is “a pervasive and grave human rights violation”, as well as “a blight on humanity”, he said. “Deprived of the fundamental right to a nationality, those who have been born or left stateless face a devastating legal limbo. They are prevented from accessing their basic human rights and from fully participating in society. Their lives are marked by exclusion,… Read More